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China Abroad: Nation and Diaspora in a Chinese Frame

Elaine Yee Lin Ho

in China Abroad

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099456
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206687 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099456.003.0001
China Abroad: Nation and Diaspora in a Chinese Frame

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The “diasporized nation” and the “nation-in-diaspora”: the shifting alignments between nation and diaspora that these two expressions encode are manifest in how China and Chineseness have been conceived, negotiated, and deconstructed. This book is a project of historicization with two overlapping foci: first, to locate possible antecedents of recent scholarly-theoretical work on diasporic phenomena and their polemics and follow through such possibilities in literary-cultural productions; second, to trace some of the shifting contours in the genealogy of Chineseness as they are configured and reconfigured throughout the long twentieth century. Theoretical, locational, historical: these are the interconnections which characterize this book as it explores China and Chineseness so that what it reveals of a specific temporal-spatial context can extend into others to elucidate the many dimensions of the book.

Keywords: diaspora; nation; China; genealogy; Chineseness; historicization

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Subjects: Asian History

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